Good Friday morning. I’m off to a bit of a later start this morning. Covid, daily news, funeral of George Floyd, hot weather, all brought on a bit of overload and fatigue. I can imagine you feel this many times as well. I hand over all of my concerns and your concerns to our gracious and most wonderful God who will see us through anything!

I am looking forward to our parking lot worship services this Sunday. It will feel so different than being in our sanctuary, our normal worship space, but most of us are so ready to get back to doing at least something together. Just follow instructions from the parking lot attendants, grab a bulletin on the way in, and tune in to the FM station we tell you about. We are setting this up tomorrow. Pray for success.

We will be honoring our 2020 grads at the 10:00 service.

As you exit, someone will be by the drive-out with an offering plate for you to place your offering if you are not doing it online yet.

James writes a wisdom proverb at the end of Chapter 3.

James 3:13-18 (NRSV)

Two Kinds of Wisdom

“13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Show by your good life that your works are done with gentleness born of wisdom. 14 But if you have bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not be boastful and false to the truth. 15 Such wisdom does not come down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, devilish. 16 For where there is envy and selfish ambition, there will also be disorder and wickedness of every kind. 17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy. 18 And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace for those who make peace.”

“For where there is envy and selfish ambition, there will also be disorder and wickedness of every kind.” Verse 16 speaks to the events of the past week. Our country needs more righteousness sown in peace, not violence, and certainly not a violent response to violence. Our country needs more wisdom from calm, smart, and gentle people. Cool heads will prevail, not the ones who incite violence on either side. God be with us. God help us. God strong!

Blessings on your day,

Pastor Sue